We have many happy memories of days spent at Pescadero. Just off Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz is this little town, blink and you'll be past it. I hesitate to write this because I don't want it to get crowded spoiled but wait. Nobody reads my blog but you, gentle readers. We're safe.
I've learned not shop on empty stomach get artichoke bread and pasta sauce at the store across the street. You could build a picnic, they have everything you need.
Or sit down for Italian food at Duarte's and then go shop here:
You'll find furniture, weavings, pottery, sculptures and most by local coastal artisans. One quiet day they showed us the furniture workshop with repurposed wood being cured for custom beds and furniture. Wonderful to see the craftsmanship behind the scenes.